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Friday, November 12, 2010

I took a big hit during the final week of the regular season. It was a good time to gamble a bit and all of the gambles I took fell by the wayside.

The good news is, we have three more weeks left starting tonight and even though I might not be able to catch the top of the heap, hopefully I just won't finish in last place.

Three local teams (Northern Lehigh, Jim Thorpe and Pleasant Valley) have kept their seasons alive and hopefully two of them will still be around when I write this column next week.

So get your playoff game face on and here goes:

Friday, November 12, 2010
Jim Thorpe's Phil Schron

Everyone in District 11 knows about the accomplishments of Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley.

After all, not many running backs eclipse 6,000 rushing yards in their career.

Many others are aware that Jake Kern, the Bulldogs' most versatile player, can also go the distance any time he touches the ball.

While those two have grabbed most of the headlines throughout their perfect 10-0 season, Jim Thorpe head coach Mark Rosenberger is more impressed with the real reason the two have been able to post impressive numbers in 2010.

Friday, November 12, 2010
JT biggest team Nolehi has faced

The Northern Lehigh Bulldogs finished their first order of business last week when they tucked away the Colonial League championship with a perfect 10-0 regular season record.

While the team was headed toward the fire trucks and buses that paraded them around town, Bulldog quarterback Dylan Hofmann put everything into perspective for his teammates.

"We'll enjoy this now, but remember, we're 0-0 again tomorrow," he quipped.

The Bulldogs stayed focused through the entire 10-game schedule, except for what might have been a little hiccup during the win against Palisades.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Jake Kern has been that special player that every coach dreams about.

He does everything asked of him and goes that extra mile if he knows it is going to help his team.

Last Friday night against Palmerton, the senior utility player was asked to do a little of everything.

When the final seconds ticked off the clock, he had three touchdowns to his credit on offense and played havoc in the defensive secondary in the Bulldogs' 52-6 win over the Blue Bombers, earning him TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Week honors.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Last week the Pleasant Valley football team suffered a heart-breaking loss to Stroudsburg and squandered its opportunity to be the undisputed Mountain Valley Conference champ in the process.

Now, through an act of fate or coincidence, the Bears have been given one more chance to prove that they are in fact the best team in the MVC.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Rachel Werley looks to go around Upper Perkiomen goalie Katie Lederer during Tuesday night's PIAA first round game at Whitehall. Werley scored twice to lead the Indians to a 3-0 win.

WHITEHALL - The phrase on the back of Lehighton's warm-up shirts says it all.

'New Year. New Team. Same Dream.'

Last year's PIAA AA state champs moved one step closer to defending their title, as the Lady Indians blanked Upper Perkiomen in their opening-round contest, 3-0. Rachel Werley scored twice for Lehighton and helped her team advance to the quarterfinals this Saturday.

Monday, November 8, 2010

MINERSVILLE – Last night, Panther Valley simply ran out of time.

After allowing Minersville to take a 20-15 lead with 1:28 remaining in the game, the Panthers season boiled down to one final drive.

Just four weeks prior, Panther Valley secured its only win of the season (a 24-21 victory over Marian) with a come-from-behind victory that culminated on a four-yard touchdown run with just 31 seconds remaining.

Last night, the Panthers' hopes that history would repeat itself came up four yards short as time expired on their season.

Monday, November 8, 2010
bob ford/times news Tyler Stelmack of Northwestern was the top area finisher at the PIAA State Cross Country Meet on Saturday. Stelmack was 35th in the Boys Class AA race.

HERSHEY - In cross country, familiarity with a course can be an advantage.

The question for Northwestern's runners at Saturday morning's PIAA Championships was, how much would it be worth?

The Tigers ran on the challenging 3.1 mile Parkview layout at the PIAA Foundation Invitational back on Sept. 25, and three of their harriers returned for another crack at it at the State Meet.

By having previously run the course, the Tiger trio benefitted from the experience, timewise.

Thursday, November 4, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

TIMES NEWS area runners selected to the 2010 Schuylkill League Girls Cross Country All-Star Team included, front row from left, Schuyler Schmidt, Amber Carroll, Jessica Leiby and Colleen Rorke, all of Tamaqua, Division I. Back row, Kayla Susko, Jim Thorpe, Division I; Samantha O'Donnell and Molly Balliet, Marian, Division II; and Devon Bizarre, Weatherly, Division II.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

There will be much more on the line than just the '209 Trophy' when Lehighton and Jim Thorpe hook up for their regular season finales Friday night.

While it is the two teams' rivalry game and they will be playing for the right to hoist the 209 Trophy, the Indians and the Olympians will also be fighting for a respective playoff bid. That means the game is no longer about bragging rights. It's about keeping their seasons going.